Keep Your Sight, Know the Dangers of Fireworks


By Angel MedFlight Contributor

As we close in on the annual Independence Day celebration, we look forward to taking in a fireworks show.  And when it comes to safety, having trained professionals set off those pyrotechnics is the only way one should enjoy fireworks. The potential risk of setting off fireworks yourself is too great. Prevent Blindness America reminds us during National Fireworks Safety Month that injuries from fireworks accidents can affect us for the rest of our lives.

Children are especially prone to fireworks accidents. There is a great temptation for them to tag along with the rest of the neighborhood kids and set off firecrackers, smoke bombs, sparkling geysers and more. It’s not just the person lighting the fireworks who are risking injury but bystanders as well.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 8,700 consumers treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries in 2012 and of those injuries 600 hundred were to the eyes. The CPSC’s annual  report says 60 percent of all fireworks injuries occur during the 30 days surrounding the July 4th holiday.

Most injuries were associated with fireworks that malfunctioned or were used improperly. Fireworks that malfunction travel in an unexpected flight path and drop dangerous debris. Improper use includes lighting a firework too close to someone or lighting fireworks while holding them and playing with lit or used fireworks.

As for those fireworks that are often considered ‘safe’ for children, like bottle rockets and sparklers? They aren’t safe at all. The CPSC report shows that about 1,000 reported injuries in 2012 involved bottle rockets and sparklers. According to the CPSC’s report, sparklers and bottle rockets combined caused 24 percent of fireworks-related injuries and 23 percent were caused by firecrackers.

Prevent Blindness America offers a some tips to prevent fireworks-related injuries. First on the list is to not purchase, use or store fireworks of any type. Also be aware that sparklers are dangerous and cause 50% of fireworks injuries in children 14 and younger. They recommend attending only authorized public fireworks displays which are conducted by licensed operators. But they warn that injuries can still occur at those types of displays.

Prevent Blindness America is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization. Founded in 1908, it is dedicated to fighting blindness and saving site.

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance wants everyone to enjoy this Independence Day and to remember that the safest way to enjoy a fireworks display is to view one managed by trained and licensed professionals.

Fill Her Up! Fueling the Angel MedFlight Jets


Fuel tanker loaded with Jet A airplane fuel

By Angel MedFlight Contributor

We’ve all seen parts of the process while at the airport or sitting on an airliner looking out the window waiting for pushback, but what actually goes in to fueling an aircraft? At Angel MedFlight, our flight crews make sure that when a fuel stop is necessary, the process is done safely and efficiently.

Kindle Tannery is Chief Pilot at Aviation West Charters, which is the FAA F.A.R. Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate Holder for Angel MedFlight. “For the safety of flight, the first thing you have to determine is how much fuel you need. The captain will come up with a number and will verify with the co-captain or flight officer for that day,” says Tannery.

If the distance between sending and receiving facilities is too great and we don’t have enough fuel to get to our destination, we’ll plan a fuel stop. Tannery says, “Our crews know in advance how far they can go and how much fuel they’re going to burn. In our cars we drive around until the fuel gauge is on empty. With our aircraft, we have a plan and know how far we can go.”

When our jets land at a tech stop (or fuel stop) at a fixed base operator (FBO), the pilots make sure the fuel they’re getting is one they’re familiar with. They look for well-known brands. “We’re not going to have some guy pull up in a truck with a barrel on the back of it.” Tannery says there are countermeasures in place in case this happens. “The pilot has the means to test the fuel before it’s even loaded on.”

When the crew had decided on how much fuel the jet needs, one crew member supervises the loading of the fuel. Before the nozzles are even hooked up to the aircraft, the pilot will ensure that the fueler is trained on the truck. The pilot also makes sure the fuel truck has been sumped, which means all the water and contaminants have been removed from the fuel.

The pilot supervises the actual fueling because as Tannery puts it, “There are many different types of aircraft and there’s one fuel guy so he may not be familiar with all the aircraft. The pilot is there to assist him in hooking up the aircraft and making sure everything is fueled properly.”

A very important part of the fueling process is grounding the aircraft to prevent a static charge. The fuelers are required to ground the aircraft to the fuel truck or to the ground before they touch the nozzle to the aircraft. They do this by taking a cable from the truck and attaching it to what a looks like a microphone jack on the plane. The cable is plugged in and the aircraft is now grounded. Tannery says where the ground is depends on the aircraft. “Sometimes they’re on the wing, sometimes they’re next to the fuel ports, sometimes they’re just connected to a piece of metal on the gear.”

Tannery says our pilots like to spend no longer than 30 minutes on the ground for a fuel stop. “Land, get your fuel, pay and then you’re on your way.” Angel MedFlight picks out airports specifically for quick turnarounds. Tannery says the FBO in Salina, Kansas “is one we love to go to because they’re very good at getting the aircraft in, taking care of payment and taking care of the fuel.” Tannery says in Salina (SLN), they can get our planes in and out in about 20 minutes.

Gallons or pound of fuel? Our pilots will tell the fuel truck operator gallons, “but we need pounds,” says Tannery. We calculate how much fuel we’ll need by the burn and we’ll burn on the average 1,500 pounds an hour of fuel.” That’s about 225 gallons.

There are two types of fuel at FBOs:  Avgas (for piston engines) and Jet A, which is kerosene-based. Tannery says Avgas is lead-based and yes, you could put some in your car but “it’s going to run really hot.” Our Learjet 35 can actually operate on either fuel with certain limitations. Tannery says it’s not commonly done but in a pinch, the Lear 35 could get you there on Avgas.

Fueled and ready for takeoff, an Angel MedFlight air ambulance is off to its next medical flight.


Angel MedFlight Gives Back to Community at Carnival for Homeless Children

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services is committed to using its expertise in healthcare and compassionate medical services to give back to the community whenever possible. This past weekend, Angel MedFlight was on-site at the HOPE worldwide Carnival for Homeless Children in Phoenix, AZ.

The carnival is a chance to bring together needy children with local community members under a banner of togetherness, understanding and joy.

Child Meets Volunteer Entertainer

Child Meets Volunteer Entertainer

The event was held at the largest school for homeless children in the United States, Children First Academy. The school provides hope for approximately 300 students and their families, who live at the poverty line or are homeless. Children First Academy provides the necessities, care and attention these children and their families need to live safe and healthy lives.

More than 700 homeless people showed up for the event, while around 350 volunteers from a variety of backgrounds worked closely with attendees to ensure each had a day full of experiences to remember. Among the volunteers were Arizona State University football players, the Globe Trotters, a real-life superhero team called the Arizona Avengers, hygienists and Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services representatives.

Carnival Concessions

Carnival Concessions

Throughout the day children ran back and forth with joy and contentment. There were dunk tanks, an obstacle course, concession stands and lots of carnival-themed games. Children regularly stopped by the Angel MedFlight stand for free candy and, if needed, a bandage. For those instances where first aid might be needed, Darren Thenell, critical care flight paramedic was on hand to provide expert medical care.

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services is the premier air medical flight service. Medically equipped, long-range, high altitude and high speed Learjets streak across the skies, transporting critical care patients to and from their much needed destinations both domestic and international. Teams of experts both on the air and in the ground facilitate Angel MedFlight medical flights and provide the highest levels of compassion and expertise.

For more information on air ambulance services, medical flights or arranging air medical transportation, please visit the Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services website at or call 877-264-3570.

Angel MedFlight Featured in Series on Saving Lives

Two-Part Special Airs on Univision

The methods may vary – medical jet, helicopter, ambulance – but the mission is the same: to answer the call to save lives.

Angel MedFlight Medical Crew Caring for a Patient

911: Salvando Vidas (911: Saving Lives), a two-part special which aired on top-five network Univision in February, highlights the life-saving missions of Angel MedFlight and emergency response services.

Reporter Erick Iglesias focuses on the critical training the medical personnel undergo to be prepared for anything during their life-saving assignments.

Angel MedFlight’s critical care flight nurses and paramedics regularly train on the most advanced medical technologies, including the Laerdal SimMan 3G, which is featured in part two of the special.  Click the links below to watch the two-part special.

911: Salvando Vidas Part 1 (Broadcast in Spanish)

911: Salvando Vidas Part 2 (Broadcast in Spanish)


$3,000 Scholarship Available for an Arizona Student Pursuing a Career in Aviation

If you or someone you know is working toward a degree in an aviation-related field at an Arizona college or university, please note that the deadline for the $3,000 Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation is quickly approaching. All entries must be postmarked by July 16th to be considered for the 2010 award. The scholarship will be awarded in August and the recipient will receive $3,000 toward his or her tuition at an Arizona college or university.

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance established the Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation in conjunction with and administered by the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) to encourage a spirit of service and resourcefulness in future aviation business professionals.

Applicants must prepare a three-minute video biography. The video should address the following items:

  • What does a career in aviation mean to you?
  • Share something you have done to demonstrate resourcefulness, creativity, initiative or tenacity to overcome a challenge.
  • How would you like to improve the aviation industry in Arizona?

Candidates should submit the video biography along with a completed and signed application, resume and three letters of recommendation: one personal reference (not a family member) and two professional references from a teacher, employer, or supervisor. Recommendations should highlight candidate’s integrity, determination and resourcefulness.

The scholarship will be awarded to a U.S. citizen without regard to sex, race, religion or national origin. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to recipient’s college or university. The student must be actively pursuing a degree in the aviation field.

To learn more about this program or to download an application form please go to Angel MedFlight’s Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation page.


Angel MedFlight President Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Award Finalist

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., (June 17, 2010) – Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is proud to announce that the company’s president, Jeremy Freer, is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award in the Orange County/Desert Cities Program.  According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  Jeremy Freer was selected as a finalist from over 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges.  Finalists will be honored at a special gala event tonight, June 17th at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, CA.

Jeremy Freer, Angel MedFlight President

“I am truly honored to be named a finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program,” said Freer. “It was a pleasure to meet all the Ernst & Young representatives, the panel of judges and my fellow nominees. I found their success stories and community involvement inspirational. It seems we all share the same desire to be responsible, innovative leaders in our respective fields.”

“When I founded Angel MedFlight in 2006, I built an air medical transportation company dedicated to providing exceptional patient care through advanced medical and aviation practices without cutting any corners. Others in the industry laughed and said that I was too idealistic, but Angel MedFlight has proven that an ethical company committed to excellence can succeed.”

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Angel MedFlight transports critically ill or injured patients in dedicated, medically configured jets across the country and around the world. The company is known for its perfect safety record and commitment to patient care. Last month, the Better Business Bureau of Central, Northern and Western Arizona presented Angel MedFlight with the 2010 Business Ethics Award for the company’s ethical business practices, including customer service, internal policies and community involvement.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 24th anniversary this year.  The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.  Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year national program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 13, 2010.  The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

About Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance

Angel MedFlight, founded in 2006 and based in Scottsdale, Ariz., coordinates and provides air medical transportation services, commercial medical escorts, ground ambulance services and discretionary insurance benefit assistance. Angel MedFlight’s One Touch Promise™ assures patients and their families that every detail is handled with seamless service from start to finish by a compassionate team of experts in the fields of medicine, aviation, insurance law and case management.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young LLP is a client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited located in the U.S.


Angel MedFlight: 2010 Winner, BBB of Greater Arizona Business Ethics Awards

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance was presented with the 2010 Business Ethics Award by the Better Business Bureau of Central, Northern and Western Arizona on Wednesday, May 12.  Here is the video, prepared by Cox Communications,  recognizing Angel MedFlight as an Ethics Awards Winner.  Enjoy!

Angel MedFlight Wins Better Business Bureau’s 2010 Ethics Award

PHOENIX, Ariz. May 13, 2010  —  Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance was presented with the 2010 Business Ethics Award by the Better Business Bureau of Central, Northern and Western Arizona on Wednesday, May 12. During the ceremony held at the Arizona Biltmore, Angel MedFlight was recognized by the Better Business Bureau for its ethical business practices, including the company’s customer service, internal policies and community involvement.

“We are delighted to have received this award and to be recognized by the Better Business Bureau for our ethical standards,” stated Kelly LoCascio,Angel MedFlight’s CEO. “Most consumers are unfamiliar with air ambulance service until they need it. We provide medical transportation for patients across the country and around the world. When a family selects Angel MedFlight, they are entrusting us with the life of a loved one. Our BBB Business Ethics Award assures our patients and their families that we are an honest, dependable company that is dedicated to exceptional patient care. We greatly appreciate this honor.”

Angel MedFlight Employees with their Torch Awards

Television and radio personality, Pat McMahon, served as the master of ceremonies for the dinner event and well-known Phoenix businessman, Jerry Colangelo, was featured as the keynote speaker. The evening was the culmination of a five-month long process including Angel MedFlight’s initial nomination, lengthy application submission and staff’s personal interview.

Watch video interview

View more photos from the awards ceremony


Angel MedFlight CEO Talks “Business for Breakfast”

Earlier this month, Angel MedFlight was named a finalist for the BBB Business Ethics Awards.  On Tuesday, April 27, Financial News Radio 1510 AM spoke with a number of the finalists, including Kelly LoCascio, Angel MedFlight CEO, on their morning show, Business for Breakfast.  At 6:45am, Kelly went live on the air.  Hit the play button below to listen to the entire interview.

Angel MedFlight to Participate in Challenge Air Fly Day

Angel MedFlight is excited to be a part of The Challenge Air for Kids & Friends Phoenix, AZ Fly Day on Saturday, April 24th.  This amazing event allows children with special needs to take a brief flight over Phoenix.  For many of the children, this will be their first flight ever.

Each year local volunteers and community organizations work together to provide a day of inspiration for the children and their families, and this year, Angel MedFlight will be providing a medical crew for the event.

Each child will get to walk down a red carpet and take a 30 minute plane ride over phoenix.   They will also be able to explore a Phoenix Police Department Helicopter and Fire Department Fire Truck.  Other activities on hand for the day include Aviation Bingo, Reading with BookPALS, Cake Roll, Face Painting, Temporary Tattoos, Cleared for Take Off with Troop #1327, Coloring Corner, DJ, Build your own foam airplane and special appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog , Mascots from the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Coyotes and some Arizona Royalty.

The Phoenix Fly Day in 2009 gave almost 100 children the opportunity to fly!  This year Challenge air hopes to bring over 140 children into the skies.

Event Details:

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Cutter Aviation Deer Valley

Phoenix-Deer Valley Airport

530 West Deer Valley Road

Phoenix, AZ 85027

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